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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:58 pm    Post subject: My 996 turbo, the story so far..... Reply with quote

Hi everyone, this is my first post on 911uk. I've been a lurker for a long time on this forum and decided it was a good idea to finally introduce myself and show you all a few photos of my car and some of the changes I've made to it over the years. I always enjoy reading other people's project threads and hopefully someone out there will enjoy reading mine.

Whilst in the grand scheme of things, the changes I've made are fairly subtle when compared to some of the more extreme modified Porsches out there, I'm sure my car and ideas won't be to everyone's tastes. I know there will be a lot of people who will see what I've done as ruining a perfectly good car, but hopefully there might be a few who can appreciate what I've tried to do with the car. I've tried to create my own interpretation of the perfect Porsche, as I can't buy one that I would consider to be perfect, I've started trying to build it instead.

I've always modified and tweaked my cars over the years and I've never been too concerned about the effect those modifications would have on the cars value. To me, the satisfaction and enjoyment I get from personalising my cars and creating the car that I really want far outweighs the satisfaction and enjoyment I'd get from being able to sell the car for more money due to it being in original condition. I don't see cars as a way of making money, more as an expensive hobby. I'm sure a lot of people will think I'm making a mistake by devaluing a car that almost everyone else is trying to keep standard as the values continue to slowly creep upwards.......but anyway, here goes......

I've owned my 996 turbo for about 5 years and still absolutely love it. It's been the best car I've ever owned. The car is a 2003 manual in seal grey with a black interior. When I bought the car it was pretty much standard apart from a few subtle changes made by the previous owner.

I've been reading these kind of threads long enough to know that they are useless without pictures, so here's a few I took several years ago when I first bought the car. I apologise in advance for both the amount of pictures and because they were all taken on my phone, they aren't the best quality.

Untitled by Dave W, on Flickr

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That was how it looked for a couple of years, until I started spending too much time looking at various forums for some inspiration.....

I hope you guys enjoy the photos.

Dave
 
  
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trig_112
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome, looking forward to the next set of pics detailing your mods.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photos Dave, I recognise that road, the A4059 from Hirwaun to the A470 below the Storey Arms, one of my favourite routes if I'm on the bike or in the car. Great views.
Steve
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to 911uk Dave,

Great car - excellent pics. thumbsup
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fine car if I do say so Thumb

Looking forward to part 2..... Stay
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice intro and car Dave 👍
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickHappy wrote:
Fine car if I do say so Thumb

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Agree

Seal grey is the fastest colour Grin

Look forward to next updates Thumb
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:48 am    Post subject: Re: My 996 turbo, the story so far..... Reply with quote

DW 996turbo wrote:


Untitled by Dave W, on Flickr


Welcome Dave. Did you run out of whisky? Only ask because I love Penderyn too. Wink
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome

Cool pics!

PS I heard Lapis blue was the fastest colour Grin

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Viffer wrote:
Great photos Dave, I recognise that road, the A4059 from Hirwaun to the A470 below the Storey Arms, one of my favourite routes if I'm on the bike or in the car. Great views.
Steve


Dragon Ride this year was the first time in 10 years I rode that with a tail wind. Must do it in the car.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice car , I do like Seal grey looks mint.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HSC911 wrote:
I heard Lapis blue was the fastest colour Grin

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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys, thanks very much for the warm welcome. I really appreciate that. thumbsup

One of the first changes I wanted to make was to change the colour of the wheels. I decided on a dark grey. I had the work done at a company called the 'Wheel specialist' and was very happy with the standard of finish. However, I wasn't 100% convinced that I'd chosen the correct colour to go with the seal grey. I took these photos to try and help me decide.

Untitled by Dave W, on Flickr

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The car looked like that for a while until I decided that the grey I'd chosen was too dark. I had them repainted in a colour the company referred to as gunmetal and was much happier with the way they looked. The 'Wheel specialist' have done a few sets of wheels for me over the years and they've always done an excellent job.

Untitled by Dave W, on Flickr

Untitled by Dave W, on Flickr

The TT in the photo above was being used as my daily driver at the time and the second photo was taken after a change of plate. I know personalised plates like mine are a very divisive subject on various forums, but mine makes me smile.
 
  
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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trig_112 - Thanks very much. I hope I can find the right balance between enough pics and info to answer any questions, but not so much that everyone gets bored.

Steve - Cheers mate. You're absolutely right, it's my favourite road at the moment and as you'll see it's one of my favourite places to take some pics.

T8 - Thanks, I appreciate the warm welcome.

Nickhappy - Thanks, I hope to be able to update this thread fairly regularly and hope it doesn't disappoint.

Apollokre1d - Cheers mate, nice one.

Adamw - Thanks very much, hope you enjoy them.

Diggermeister - Haha! Thanks mate, yeah any excuse to drive that bit of road.

HSC911 - Thanks for that, appreciate it.

Dombo - I can highly recommend it in the car, definitely worth doing. Just a shame it's not longer.

Edge - Cheers mate, I'm a huge fan of seal grey on these cars too.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a fan of personalised plates at all, but yours made me smile, good choice.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking 996 turbo. I prefer the original wheel colour, but the personal plate looks good!
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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trig_112 - Thanks again mate, glad you like the plate. thumbsup

g7jhp - Thanks very much. I know what you mean, both colours seemed to go quite nicely with the seal grey. It took me a while to decide to go a bit lighter. Glad you're a fan of the plate.
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something that I'm personally not a fan of on the standard car is the headlights. To clarify though, this is not the usual dislike of the shape or style of the 996 headlights, I actually like the style of them. I do however think there is too much chrome. I had seen a few photos of people who had taken the lights apart and painted the inside and I'd done it myself to several cars in the past, but couldn't quite bring myself to go that far.

So I looked at alternatives that could be removed to easily revert the car back to standard, which at the time, was still an option. I made a decision to try Lamin-X headlight tint film. I liked the idea of being able to remove the film if I wasn't happy with the way it looked, as there were very few photos of what the colour I'd chosen looked like on a seal grey 996. The shade I'd chosen was referred to as 'Subtle tint' by Lamin-X.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks amazing!
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good thumbsup
 
  
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